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Our professors are distinguished scholars, active researchers, published writers, and faithful Christians who demonstrate what it means to be both Christ-followers and leaders in their academic fields. As mentors and role models, they play a huge role in the integration of faith and learning at Bethel.

Department Chair

Susan Brooks

Department Chair and Professor of English | susan-brooks@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998

Teacher conceptions of literature and how they are manifested in the classroom; Preservice teachers' understanding of literary theory; Student engagement

Marion Larson

Department Chair and Professor of English | m-larson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1986

Larson's favorite thing about teaching English is getting to read and think about books that are so different from daily life, yet hold so many important connections; and she loves doing this with faculty and students who also enjoy it. Recently she has published articles in areas related to interfaith dialogue and faculty development, and hospitality as a metaphor for teaching. She received the Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching in 2001.


Phyllis Alsdurf

Professor of English Emerita | p-alsdurf@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2003

Thomas Becknell

Professor of English | t-becknell@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1983

Becknell teaches introductory and advanced courses on American literature, environmental writing, and modern myth makers. He received the Faculty Excellence Award for teaching in 1995. He is the author of a book of spiritual lessons from nature, Of Earth and Sky, and articles on American literary history.

Mark Bruce

Associate Professor of English | mbruce@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Bruce has recently published articles in the areas of Medieval English literature and graduate study of English. What he loves most about Medieval British literature is the energy and intensity of the literature; and he loves helping students to experience it with him.

Yu-Li Chang-Zacher

Associate Professor of Journalism | ycz54258@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016


Joey Horstman

Associate Professor of English | joey-horstman@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998

Horstman's professional interests in English include contemporary/postmodern literature.

Daniel Ritchie

Professor of English | d-ritchie@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1985

Ritchie teaches courses in British literature and specializes in the 18th century. In 2002, he guided Bethel’s efforts to begin a Humanities Program, a team-taught, 4-course introduction to the Western tradition. In 2006, he won Bethel’s Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching. He has edited 2 books on Edmund Burke and has written 2 books of literary criticism, Reconstructing Literature in an Ideological Age and The Fullness of Knowing: Modernity and Postmodernity from Defoe to Gadamer. . . . read more.

Angela Shannon

Assistant Professor of English | a-shannon@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Shannon is the author of the poetry book "Singing the Bones Together." Her poems have been published in a variety of journals and anthologies, including "Where One Ends Another Begins: 150 Years of Minnesota Poetry"; "Beyond the Frontier: African American Poetry for the 21st Century"; and the textbook "A Multicultural Reader, Collection One: Many Voices Literature Series." Professor Shannon’s choreopoem "Root Woman" premiered at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Theater in Evanston, Illinois.. . . read more.

April Vinding

Associate Professor of English | a-vinding@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2004

Vinding teaches a full range of writing classes from composition to creative nonfiction. Her primary interests are the lyric essay and creative nonfiction that explores nontraditional forms. Her essays, poetry and creative nonfiction have been published recently in "Ruminate," "Geez," "get born," and "Curator," publications that probe the interplay of faith, community, and the arts.

Scott Winter

Assistant Professor of Journalism | s-winter@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

Winter teaches and practices big story reporting. He's energized by journalists and writers who find new ways to tell stories to make them matter to changing audiences. The University of Nebraska Press published his book, "Nebrasketball: Coach Tim Miles and a Big Ten Team on the Rise," in 2015. He teaches high school and collegiate journalism workshops throughout the U.S. and leads students on international reporting projects, including January 2017's Project Guatemala with graphic design p. . . read more.

Student Media

The "Coeval" Undergraduate Literary and Art Magazine

The Coeval, meaning "of the same age," is Bethel's undergraduate literary and art magazine. Published each semester, the Coeval is edited by students and advised by the English department. See the archive of Coeval issues in the Digital Library

Royal Report

The Royal Report is the outlet for our Journalism students exploring writing, photography, and video content. The Medium site features students' story assignments and captivating images. The Royal Report Youtube channel features short vignettes and stories that provide a deeper look into the people and issues at Bethel. 

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